AUP - Acceptable Use Policy for Technology


Students are responsible for the ethical use of their Colegio Bolivar network accounts, computers and electronic devices. The following guidelines are intended to help students understand appropriate use of technology resources. The school may restrict or terminate any user's access, without prior notice, if such action is deemed necessary to maintain computing availability and security for other users of the system. Other disciplinary action may also be imposed as stated in the Colegio Bolivar Student Handbook, the “Manual de Convivencia”, or detailed in this document.

Students should be respectful in their use of the technology resources at school and abide by the instructions of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Staff, teachers, and student TA’s (Technology Assistants). These include the following:

  • Do not eat food, candy or drink in the computer areas.
  • Log off from the workstation after you have finished, and leave the work area tidy.
  • Take care of hardware and software resources as well as of furniture and other materials that is available for your use.
  • Use only your own account and password: protect your password and change it periodically.
  • Report lost or stolen or any problem with network accounts immediately to the ICT Staff or to your teacher.
  • Report hardware and software problems to your teacher or the student TA immediately.
  • Use only software programs authorized by the school. If you need to install a program, patch, or update, speak to ICT staff.
  • Store all of your files in your home directory only unless instructed otherwise by your course instructor.
  • Delete files or transfer them to removable digital media (cd, usb memory devices, etc.) when no longer needed at school. At the end of the school year, all content will be deleted from personal folders.
  • You are responsible for Internet sites visited, files in your home directory and all material received under your account.
  • Comply with legal and school restrictions regarding plagiarism and the citation of information resources.
  • Use technology devices in ways that do not violate the privacy of, or interfere with, the productivity of other students and staff.
  • Email and personal use of computers should not deprive other students of resources required for schoolwork.
  • Conserve consumable resources such as paper and ink.
  • Do not give out personal information over the network: passwords, name, address, phone number, credit card numbers.
  • Report AUP infractions, suspicious behavior, or privacy violations to a teacher or ICT Staff.
  • Cell phones should be turned off during class time.
  • Use of laptop computers audio players, USB memory drives and any other digital devices during class time and exams is not allowed unless explicitly allowed by the teacher.

Students are not to use the school’s technology or their own technology resources in inappropriate ways. These include ways that

  • are disruptive or intended to cause problems for other users
  • interfere with the normal operations of the school’s systems
  • jeopardize the safety or well being of other
  • are pornographic or obsc
  • are threatening or insulting
  • are illegal or libelous
  • incite hatred or violence
  • encourage the use of drugs
  • promote dangerous or antisocial behavior
  • would tarnish the reputation of Colegio Bolivar

Students are advised that there will be consequences if they participate in inappropriate activities, as explained below:

Category 1 - Inappropriate Activities That Will Result in Administrative Discipline.

Students who participate in any of the following inappropriate activities can expect to be disciplined, which may involve parent conferences, loss of computer privileges, failed objectives, suspension from classes or expulsion from the school. The activities in this category are considered serious because they interfere with the normal operations of our systems or are harmful to members of our school community. Even first time offenders may face serious consequences.

  • Hacking Students are not to attempt to access or modify network resources for which they do not have permission, for whatever reason. A student who engages in suspicious activities such as tampering with the school’s security software, ‘snooping’, falsifying their identity or hiding files, will be viewed as a security threat.

  • Files Students are not to store inappropriate files in their home directories or anywhere on the school’s computers.

  • Privacy Students are not to use, attempt to access, or to interfere with, another persons’ private resources, such as their login, password, email, or files. Students are not to take images of other members of the community without the other party’s explicit consent. Students are not to distribute in any way images of other members of the community without consent.

  • Games Students are not to install games. Students are not to play games unless authorized by a teacher as part of an academic activity. Students are not to store game files on the school’s network.

  • Websites Students are not to access inappropriate websites or to create websites that threaten the fabric of the Bolivar Community or promote antisocial attitudes.

  • Email Students are not to email inappropriate messages.

  • Dishonesty Students are not to engage in activities that promote dishonesty, including plagiarism, sharing files for the purpose of cheating, or stealing the electronic work of others.

  • Copyright Students are not to copy and paste text, images or graphics from websites that are protected by copyright without ‘proper acknowledgment’ or permission of the owner of the intellectual property.

  • License Students are not to use software for which the school does not have a valid license.

  • Safety Students are not to post or email personal information about others that could jeopardize their security.

Category 2 - Inappropriate Activities That Will Result in an AUP Infraction Report

Students who participate in the following activities cause problems that are annoying and interfere with the use of the computers by others. These actions often require time-consuming attention from the ICT Staff to restore network resources.

These students can expect to have a conference with their principal, and have an AUP Infraction Report placed in their student file, and may lose computer privileges. Repeat offences will be treated as Category 1 violations.

  • Students are not to install or download programs.
  • Students are not to change settings, including the cursor, backgrounds, colors, screen saver, etc.
  • Students are not to send annoying email: ‘spam,’ chain-mail, email bombing (massive email sending), junk.
  • Students are not to use the school’s computers for commercial purposes (e.g. to create a website for material profit).
  • Students are not to use their home directories to store personal files that are not related to their studies at school (e.g. MP3, music videos, personal photos, etc.).
  • Students are not to use the computers as music listening centers.
  • Students are not to use Internet chat sites unless authorized by a teacher for academic use.
  • Students are not to use cell phones during class time.

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